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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Blue Jackets and Oilers Rumble for Playoff Spot

Jan Hejda's first NHL goal was a thing of beauty. Not in how he scored it, mind you. But the beauty was all in how he celebrated it.

He is now an important defensive presence on the Blue Jackets blue line. The Oilers acquired him for a 7th round pick but lost him for nothing, marking one of the biggest blunders with regards to organizational assets that I can recall from recent memory. Glencross and Reasoner being the others. To acquire a steady, stay-at-home D-man the price isn't high, but around the playoff push, the price is definitely higher than a 7th round pick.

However, the Oilers have been playing well of late. Not a full 60 minute game - mind you. There are still patches in the games when the Oilers go AWOL and the fans go "oh shit." If the Oilers can come through on special teams, I can see the Oilers getting an easy win against Columbus.

Will they let me down? Will they let us down? Facing Columbus is a must win situation: the Oilers don't have the option of losing.

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